7th Annual $50,000 Cade Museum Prize Seeks Applicants

Annual statewide competition rewards Florida inventors and entrepreneurs
GAINESVILLE, FL, January 1, 2016 – The Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention invites entrepreneurs, inventors, researchers, and early-stage companies to apply for the 7th Annual Cade Museum Prize competition. Open to all Florida residents and Florida based companies, a cash prize of $50,000 as well as in-kind incentives will be awarded to the most innovative idea that is en route to market. Contestants will be judged on the following criteria: 1)  How truly creative is the idea?, 2)  How large is the potential impact of the invention?, and 3)  Could the invention be marketed successfully?
Important dates for the competition are as follows:
January 1- January 31  –  Applicants submit entries online at  Deadline: 1-31-16.       
March 1  –  Sweet 16 semi-finalists announced.
March 28  –  Final 4 teams are announced.
April 30  –  Final 4 teams will present their ideas to a panel of judges and an audience at the 2nd Annual Inventivity Bash in Gainesville where the winner will be announced onstage.
Since its inception in 2010, the Cade Museum Prize (funded by the Community Foundation of North Central Florida) has drawn hundreds of entries from all corners of Florida, providing a space for a blend of state researchers, entrepreneurs, and creative-thinkers to showcase their ideas. The 2015 winner, Everix, impressed with their development of high performance optical filters that caters to a variety of uses. Past winners have included an innovative system that matches students with a highly qualified tutors; an improved biodegradable plastic that breaks down under natural conditions in less than 10 years; and a revolutionary sound-monitoring technology that uses catheters in common procedures such as labor and delivery and cardiac operations. 
This year the Cade Museum Prize competition platform is being sponsored by Skild.

About the Cade Museum

Based in Gainesville, Florida, the Cade Museum is an interactive museum that inspires creative thinking, future inventors, and early entrepreneurs.  Founded by the family of Dr. James Robert Cade, who led the team that invented Gatorade at the University of Florida in 1965, the Cade Museum offers classes combining science, technology, the arts, engineering, and math. The Cade Museum is currently building a new facility in Gainesville, featuring the invention of Gatorade, stories of great American inventors, and the neuroscience of creativity. For more information on the Cade Museum, visit


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Jennifer Denault
Cade Museum